Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has shuttered movie theaters making it impossible for movie-goers to experience the joys of some of the most highly-anticipated films debuting this year.
While many movie studios are simply rescheduling film releases for later dates (many in 2021), some have opted to release titles on-demand so that they are still seen by as many people as possible.
If there were to be a bright side to what’s going on in the world right now, being able to watch these movies from your couch in advance is definitely one of them.
Here’s what is available for your viewing pleasure:
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: the final installment of the franchise hit platforms days prior to its release date. Watch now on Prime
The Hunt: Looking for a horror-thriller about rich people hunting down poor people for sport? It went straight to streaming. Watch now on Prime
The Invisible Man: You’ve seen the bizarre commercials, and now you can watch Elizabeth Moss get hunted by an invisible ex. It hit streaming on March 20. Watch now on Prime
Onward: Disney is here to offer you a heartwarming adventure as two elf brothers attempt to spend time with their late father. The film began streaming March 20. Watch now on Prime
Birds of Prey: The Harley Quinn spin-off had a weak opening in theaters, and Warner released it to streaming on March 24. Watch now on Prime
Bloodshot: Vin Diesel’s film is still in theaters, but it’s also available for at-home viewing since March 24. Watch now on Prime
The Way Back: Ben Affleck’s sports drama about an alcoholic former high school basketball star turned coach hit theaters and then on-demand on March 24. Watch now on Prime
I Still Believe:Riverdale might be on hiatus, but you can still get a daily dose of KJ Apa with his new film, which hit theaters earlier this month and became available on-demand on March 27. Watch now on Prime
Bad Boys for Life: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back in their beloved roles. The film hit streaming on March 31. Watch now on Prime
Sonic the Hedgehog: The highly-anticipated cartoon film inspired by the popular video game hit on-demand shortly after hitting theaters. Watch now on Prime
Impractical Jokers: The Movie: Looking for some laughs? The film hit digital streaming on April Fool’s Day. How fitting!
Trolls: World Tour: The sequel to the 2016 hit Trolls is coming to VOD on Friday, April 10, which is the same day it was meant to hit theaters.
The Lovebirds: The film is bypassing its theater debut and going straight to Netflix. No word yet on when the film will be available for streaming, though, it’s possible it’ll keep its date of April 3.
As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!
But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show.
Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer!
From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch!
Check out our list below:
Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)
In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down!
In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)
From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:
Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)
Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”
Elite – June 18 (Netflix)
Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops!
Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)
The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor.
Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)
Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders.
Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire, divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”
Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)
SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.
Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)
After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)
Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way.
The Chair -August 27 (Netflix)
Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department.
Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)
If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side.
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
The weather is heating up and so are your TV choices!
There are plenty of exciting options coming your way in June, so there’s absolutely no reason for you to be bored this summer!
Get ready to lounge by the pool and binge-watch these new shows and movies!
Why Women Kill – Paramount+ (June 3)
The second season of the anthology series takes place in 1949 Hollywood and follows socialite Rita Castillo (Lana Parilla) and meek housewife Alma (Allison Tolman).
Sweet Tooth – Netflix (June 4)
Based on the beloved DC Comic, the Netflix series takes place in a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer boys adventures. Robert Downey Jr. serves as executive producer.
Lupin: Part 2 – Netflix (June 11)
The heist continues! Per the synopsis: “Assane’s quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger.”
The Bachelorette – ABC (June 7)
Katie made quite the impression when she arrived on Matt James’s season with her trusted vibrator. She then earned the love of Bachelor Nation for being one of the only women in the house not to bully others. Now, she’s on her quest for true love! Will she find it?
Home Before Dark – Apple TV (June 11)
The second season of the mystery drama consists of 10 episodes released weekly. It finds a young journalist investigating a suspicious explosion at a local farm.
Love, Victor – Hulu (June 11)
The Love, Simon spinoff returns for a second season and tackles the hardships of coming out, which makes it the perfect binge-watch for Pride month!
Loki – Disney+ (June 11)
Marvel fans, suit up! Loki is one of the most anticipated releases of the month! Thor fans will get a deeper look at Tom Hiddleston’s character and what happened to his character in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.
iCarly – Paramount+ (June 17)
It’s beginning to feel like the 00’s in here! The iCarly reboot brings back Miranda Cosgrove and friends! Per the synopsis, it’s set to “pick up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and family in their twenties.”
Elite – Netflix (June 18)
It’s getting hot in here. A new mystery, new romances, and new drama unfolds at Las Encinas at the start of the new school year, which brings some new faces!
Too Hot To Handle – Netflix (June 23)
The second season of the reality competition is heating up summer as sexy singles face a $100,000 celibacy challenge.
Bosch – Amazon Prime (June 25)
The last handful of episodes of the series will arrive at the end of the month ahead of the IMDb TV spinoff!
False Positive – Hulu (June 18)
Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Ilana Glazer star in the part-comedy, part-horror movie about a couple with infertility issues who turn to a charming doctor and find out an unsettling truth about him!
Luca – Disney+ (June 18)
Let Disney+ sweet you away to Portorosso! In the animated film, two sea monsters inhabit human bodies and begin exploring the Italian Riviera! The Pixar film is the second to drop straight to the streaming platform without a theatrical release right after the award-winning Soul!